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General Sociology

Focus on the study of society and group dynamics in relation to national social issues and find a career in social work or public health.

General Sociology – B.S. in Sociology, General Sociology Emphasis

Sociology is concerned with the study of human social behavior and the influence of society upon this behavior. In the General Sociology program at Montana State, students gain a broad and general foundation in Sociology, which allows them to fully customize their program focus based off of personal interest. Some of those specific areas of interest include social inequality, family and child relations, business and management, marketing and public relations, social services, health and medicine or pre-law.

The Sociology major has one addition Option Within a Major: Criminology. Additionally, Sociology can be taken as a minor.


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Jerico Cummings ’19, Sociology 


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Award-Winning Peers
Sociology students at Montana State have been recognized as leaders in their field by Education Northwest, have earned Newman Civic Fellowships and more.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


General Sociology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Social Work
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Market Research

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.